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  1. China's health care time bomb

    Posted Sep 16th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... afford the medicine. But we are not a charity.' That may be true, but in China the reality is that medical care is far too costly for most people. In 2002, China's total medical ... to be. In the early 1950s, China established a three-tier plan: full payouts for government officials, partial responsibility for employees of state-owned enterprises, and communal co-operatives ...

  2. Think-tank lashes the mainland's health care

    Posted Jul 30th 2005, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... a major reform a failure, although the fact China's public health-care system is poorly run has been widely criticised by the public. 'Most of the medical needs of society cannot be met ... Josephine Ma in Beijing Market reforms unfair and a threat to stability, say advisers to top leadership Mainland health-care reform has been a failure and has turned medical services ...

  3. 850b yuan plan to make health care affordable

    Posted Jan 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing Reforms will focus on helping masses get access to treatment The mainland will invest 850 billion yuan (HK$965 billion) on health care reform in the next three ... in terms of how much in each year and in which areas. The report said the reform aimed to ensure the non-profit nature of the mainland's health care system and make basic care accessible ...

  4. Health-care woes threaten stability, lawmaker warns

    Posted Sep 06th 2005, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... system, saying failure could pose a threat to social stability. 'The success of health-care reform has a direct bearing on the interests of the people, stability of the country and society, ... non-contagious diseases such as diabetes and cancer were also a growing concern. Officials have given few details of planned health-care reforms because of continuing debate at the highest levels ...

  5. Traditional medicine to take bigger role in mainland health-care reform

    Posted Feb 11th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Jasmine Wang Nobody knows exactly how the long-overdue health-care reform plan on the mainland will affect the pharmaceutical industry. But one thing is certain: traditional Chinese medicine will step out of the shadow of western medicine and take a much larger role in the country's health-care agenda. Unprecedented government support, the rise of retail drugstores ...

  6. Privatisation would damage health care in HK

    Posted Jan 18th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Bernard Chan laments that Hong Kong's health-care finance system is headed for bankruptcy, and argues for a larger role for private health insurers. In his December 8 address to Legco, he asserted that this larger role can 'offer affordable health-care coverage to people of working age to supplement public provision.' In other words, he would like to see ...

  7. See big picture on public health care

    Posted Apr 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Our public hospital system is far from broken, but it could easily get that way without health care reform. Chronic shortages of medical staff, the increasing pressures of an ageing ... the public health sector provides a good standard of care at exceptionally low prices for all residents, regardless of income. Given the strains being experienced, it is an unsustainable situation. ...

  8. Comment - Letters

    New government must be proactive in health care planning

    Posted Aug 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... on health care manpower planning is particularly important, as the shortage can only be eliminated by an overall review of the needs of staff. In 2010-11, the turnover rate of nurses in public ... Shortage of nurses can only be dealt with by overall review of staff needs In recent years, many health care reform proposals have been initiated to address the current and foreseeable ...

  9. Health-care reform held up by weak leadership

    Posted Jun 08th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... by the committee will be delayed and we still do not know how they will be funded. Options include a medical-savings scheme and higher fees for those who can pay. Health-care reform in Hong Kong has long ... But they are needed to put our health-care system, already the envy of many countries, on a sounder footing. Key objectives are to make the system more efficient and better able to meet the needs of an ageing ...

  10. Health care reforms a matter of urgency

    Posted Feb 22nd 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Competition for talent will continue as the private hospital sector expands over the next few years and the health care demands of an ageing population increase. This is yet another reminder of the urgency of pressing ahead with health care reforms, including the development of a public-private partnership in primary and preventive health care that reins in the growing burden on the public ...




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